OldMapsOnline.orgAn easy-to-use gateway tohistorical maps in libraries around the world.
OldMapsOnline.orgThe gateway to high-resolution onlinemaps in institutions around the worldIntuitive search by locationIndexing maps from several collectionsOne click to view the zoomable mapFree to access and open for contributionsAudience: general public, genealogists,historians, researchers, experts
Zoom in or out, or drag the main map tomove sideways, until you can clearly seethe part of the world you want maps for.You can also use the search field on the top to find a place or define thetime period of interest with the sliders.
Our targets...Bring online visitors to the websites ofparticipating institutions to view the mapsPromote the map libraries and their contentDo proper crediting: logo and links backStore only minimal metadata & thumbnailsMake it easier to discover the scanned mapsBoost the number of online visits of mapsAllow users to find maps from “deep web”
FundingProject actively developed with the supportfrom JISC (UK) until January 2013Basic maintenance covered until 2018Google Ads to help cover the hosting costsParticipation on a future research projectsfor improvements of the technology andoptimizations of the map management
TechnologyBased on the MapRank Search technologyhttp://www.mapranksearch.com/Released in 2010 by Klokan Technologiesfor Swiss project Kartenportal.ch, improvedfor Czech libraries and for David RumseyDesigned for large metadata catalogs.D-Lib: doi:10.1045/september2011-oehrli
Do you want to be a part?Use the system & send us ideas forimprovement and report bugsShare: blog, twitter, facebook, google+We are calling for institutions who wouldlike to index their map metadata. It is forfree. Institutions retain all the rights.
How to contributeHigh resolution (300dpi+ or 2 Megapixel+)maps with a zoomable viewer onlinePermanent URL with direct access - nopassword or payment requiredMetadata with DublinCore elementssupplied in a spreadsheet (XLS). Later OAI-PMH harvesting.Bounding box (MARC 034, DCMI BOX, ...)http://project.oldmapsonline.org/contribute
How to create such records? BoundingBox Tool + Geoparser Tool Georeferencer Tool
BoundingBox ToolBoundingBox Tool: Cataloguing whileholding the physical maps - manualselection of the area on an online map(used by Swiss libraries, David Rumsey, ...)Geoparser: Semi-automatic rapid process -with suggestion of the area by analyzingexisting textual metadata.
Georeferencer ToolEnrichment of the online scanned mapsA tool which runs in a web browserUses volunteers for metadata enrichment3D visualization, Accuracy, Geodata, BBOXSuccessful pilots in several institutions
GeoreferencerPowered by crowdsourcing: Motivation, competition, rewarding, progress indicators, graphs - live widgets to include in the websites of the libraryRuns as a service, no new software in-houseThe scans are displayed from the originalinstitution repository or websites*Integration with the web of institution* (Zoomify, MrSID, Djatoka, IIPImage JPEG2000, ContentDM, DigiTool, Luna, etc.)
OldMapsOnline LaunchProject announced in the end of February inNew York and LondonOver 30.000 visitors per day on the websiteafter the launchOver 250.000 visitors since the beginning ofthe project
PublicitySocial Networks: Twitter, FacebookGoogle Developer Showcase + Google I/O 2012BBC History magazine online slideshowLa Stampa (Milan, Italy) newspaperGizmodo, Ars Technica, The VergeWired.jp (Japan), About.com Genealogy,Playtech.r (Romania), Portsmouth News(UK), ... TV spot in Catalonya: link
Old Maps Onlinewww.oldmapsonline.org ... thank you ... Petr Pridal <email@example.com>